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Sep 30, 2009 12:55 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Club members offer $1 million for Oddone bail; trial nears start

Sep 30, 2009 12:55 PM

In opposing Ms. Kedia’s bail request, Assistant District Attorney Denise Merrifield argued that Mr. Oddone remained a flight risk. She pointed to Mr. Oddone’s probation violations. She also reminded the court that Mr. Oddone fled from the scene of the bar fight during which he strangled Mr. Reister until he was unconscious last August—Mr. Reister was declared brain dead two days later. She said he had stolen people’s money in the past—namely the WalMart where he worked—and has no family ties to keep in the area and no particularly close connection to the men who were offering the bail money.

“The defendant has nothing to lose,” Ms. Merrifield said. “He’s stolen other people’s money in the past. There’s no reason to think he won’t do it again. He’s about to stand trial for a crime that could mean [going to prison] for the remainder of his life.”

Ms. Kedia countered that Mr. Oddone does have close ties to the area, including his mother, who lives upstate, his girlfriend’s family and the members of the club who have stood behind him since his arrest. She said he did not flee from his probation, he told his probation officer that he had moved to Long Island because he had transferred from SUNY Cobleskill to St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue. She also argued that his flight from the scene last summer was not comparable since he was returning to a North Sea house that he had been staying at. With the electronic monitoring and the offer of third-party supervision she said flight should not be a concern.

“He has everything to lose,” she said. “Mr. Oddone is here to fight these charges.”

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The guy sounds like a real winner. Nice to see the members at the Bridge helping this guy out instead of helping out the family who had their father taken away from them.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Sep 30, 09 3:08 PM
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How about The Bridge offer damages to the Reister family? I'm sure they have some bills to pay.
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Sep 30, 09 3:36 PM
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By ELECTRICUTIONER (65), east islip/montauk on Sep 30, 09 3:39 PM
I was beginning to really like this judge, until I read he's disallowing Oddone's prior violent attack. Maybe we should move him to the Suffolk jail.
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on Sep 30, 09 3:43 PM
Ms Jane, while I am certainly not defending this dirtbag defendant, it is normal not to allow prior "bad acts" into court. Ask Lenny Briscoe, even on the reruns of Law and Order, and even though he is dead, he still wigs out when they have these silly rules that lawyers have to live by.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Sep 30, 09 3:54 PM
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I can not figure out why anyone would do anything for this waste of space
By local (106), north sea on Sep 30, 09 10:12 PM
This jerks attorney looks very unhappy..but then I guess she doesn't have a whole lot to smile about, seeing this pond scum's defense is so flimsy...And ya know..my heart just bleeeeds for her; having to travel so far to speak with her client...(boo hoo)...cry me a river! Like she wasn't aware of this when she took him on as her client...C'mon..gimme a break! Sounds like this Judge is wise to their ploys and lame excuses-- But c'mon Lady...give us a smile! At least ACT like you've got a shred ...more
By Nonnie6 (1), Delhi on Sep 30, 09 10:46 PM
What sort of humans are these Bridge members that they place so much more value on a killer than on the victim and his family? Why are they not named? Is it because decent people might turn their backs on them?
By SusieD (115), Southampton on Oct 1, 09 8:34 AM
What idiots! I guess a good caddy is hard to find. I guess money cant buy everything...including brains.
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Oct 1, 09 9:21 AM
The judge made some good decisions .
I wouldn't want that woman as my lawyer .
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Oct 1, 09 9:54 AM
A million dollars? Are you kidding me? Wouldnt it be nice if the judge had the ability to seize these funds and forward them to the victims family? The defendant's supporters have shown that they clearly dont need the money. If they are willing to to offer it for this P.O.S. then they should have no problem seeing it go the people who need it, thanks to the actions of Mr. Oddone.

PS - As a caddy, I can honestly say that Mr. Oddone and these members of the Bridge have given a bad name ...more
By sparkhampton (27), Hampton Bays on Oct 1, 09 9:57 PM
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A million dollars? Are you kidding me? Wouldnt it be nice if the judge had the ability to seize these funds and forward them to the victims family? The defendant's supporters have shown that they clearly dont need the money. If they are willing to to offer it for this P.O.S. then they should have no problem seeing it go the people who need it, thanks to the actions of Mr. Oddone.

PS - As a caddy, I can honestly say that Mr. Oddone and these members of the Bridge have given a bad name ...more
By sparkhampton (27), Hampton Bays on Oct 1, 09 9:57 PM
I cant imagine how a nobody rates the trust of a couple of wealthy lawyers for them to offer to put up a huge cash bail. What if the dweeb runs?? It doesnt add up. There has to be more to Mr. Oddone than we know about.
By North Sea Citizen (564), North Sea on Oct 2, 09 6:59 AM
What so many of the pseudonymous responders here are ignoring is that, as unsavory a character as Mr. Oddone appears to be, and as terrible is the act as he is accused of committing, he still deserves a defense.

I haven't seen anyone here who actually knows the accused, make any comment, just a number of website visitors beating their chests and forming a cyber-mob calling for Oddone's head on a pike.

This is still the American Criminal Justice System, and if some people who actually ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1823), Northampton on Oct 2, 09 9:24 AM
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Well...i worked at a local golf club for many years. I didnt caddy but worked in a different area where you deal with the golfers personally. Over time you become 'friends' with these members that you see pretty much on a daily basis. Many of whom are usually very wealthy....

A wealthy golf club is usually a good place to make connections.

Ill assume Mr. Oddone probably caddied for these gentlemen on a regular basis.

By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Oct 2, 09 10:39 AM
Yes, Mr Oddone dose deserve a fair trial, nobody would deny him that. But what he doesn't deserve is to be out on bail, and if ill advised people of wealth wish to take the risk and put up the money thats their choice. I've heard enough facts stated in the court room to know he is not a good person.
By pjcd (24), Smithtown on Oct 2, 09 11:35 AM
Ok everyone Frank said to cut it out and stop the posturing. Ha ha! The blogging on this site was created to give peoples OPINIONS. Just because most people don't agree with you doesnt mean they are wrong. Don't worry Frank even though most people want his head on a platter he will get his defense. Hopefully he will get what he deserves.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Oct 2, 09 10:04 AM
Yes, hopefully he WILL get what he deserves. Step one is that he's getting a defense funded by some people who DO know him.

There willl be a trial, and a jury of his peers will determine what he "deserves," not a bunch of anonymous poseurs without most of the facts.

Let me ask you, Razza5350, would you care to be "judged" by a group of people who only know what a newspaper has reported?
By Frank Wheeler (1823), Northampton on Oct 4, 09 12:28 PM
Its typical how out of touch people with money are, just because he caddies for them "on a daily basis" they think they know him. Oddone is a individual who appears to have gotten away with numerous offences against society with little to no consequences for his actions, that is till now. Now he wants to be out on bail so he can resume some normalcy to his life while he's on trial for murder. To bad Andrew Reiater doesn't have the luxury of carrying on with his life.

Lets make no mistake ...more
By pjcd (24), Smithtown on Oct 2, 09 11:25 AM
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I know some of the Bridge members and I can't believe they side with this lowlife,I mean " killer" ,then again they might have played golf with OJ
By nurse (53), sag harbor on Oct 3, 09 2:11 AM
ins I find your comments amusing. The bottom line is he DID kill someone and he must answer for that
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Oct 3, 09 9:25 PM
Due to alcohol being involved, and the nature of the incident, I may have to agree with INS on the issue of charges.

He may not yet be found guilty, but it seems he has enjoyed, and abused, his freedom in this life.

Out on bail?

I think not...
By Mr. Z (11647), North Sea on Oct 6, 09 2:51 PM
I always knew Golf was a dead end sport full of ugly people (for the most part)... Nice work gentlemen, your true colors shine through for the murderer-underdog... Did he provide an extra handicap for you, perhaps? Or let me guess, "He always knew the right tool for the job.." He certainly did, and ended an inspirational man/father/husband/brother/son's/etc life...
Wouldn't it be a great if The Bridge broke the bridge between the sharks that support the killers...? Blacklist these guys from ...more
By The Royal 'We' (198), Southampton on Oct 21, 09 2:18 PM
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